Russia bans 963 Americans from country, including Biden, late Orrin Hatch

In 2013, newly-reelected Sen. Orrin Hatch, (R-UT), (L) places his hand on a Bible held by his wife Elaine, as he takes part in a re-enactment of his swearing in by Vice President Joe Biden (R), in the Old Senate Chamber at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo: UPI/Mike Theiler

May 22 (UPI) — Russia has banned President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris along with 961 other Americans from entering the country in an apparent answer to sanctions the United States and Western allies have hit Russian individuals and companies with since the start of the Ukrainian invasion.

The list is wide-ranging, covering members of the Biden administration, both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, journalists, business executives and some entertainers such as actor Morgan Freeman.

The list even included lawmakers who have died, such as late Sens. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, John McCain, R-Ariz., and Harry M. Reid, D-Nev.

One person who did not make Russia’s banned list is former President Donald Trump. In fact, the only prominent person from the Trump administration who did make the list was former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also did not make the list.

“In the context of retaliatory measures to the anti-Russian sanctions continuously imposed by the United States and in response to incoming inquiries about the individuals on our national stop list, the Russian Foreign Ministry is publishing a list of U.S. citizens who are permanently barred from entering the Russian Federation,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry said, according to the state-run news agency TASS.



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